State, insurers agree to open up medication-assisted addiction treatment

State, insurers agree to open up medication-assisted addiction treatment

After reaching an agreement with Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration, seven state insurers will now cover medication-assisted addiction treatment, using substances such as methadone, without prior authorization.

State cabinet members, including Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman, said that the agreement will save people with substance abuse time normally spent checking with insurance companies to see if they’d cover a plan.
Friday, October 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Bartos, Fetterman stand by their running mates in follow-up lieutenant governor debate

Bartos, Fetterman stand by their running mates in follow-up lieutenant governor debate

A week after the top of the tickets clashed for the one and only time, lieutenant governor candidates Jeff Bartos and John Fetterman ventured to Pittsburgh for what turned out to be a cordial debate on the commonwealth’s issues, from marijuana to gun control.

For 30 minutes, the two, who differ in political background and wardrobe, only shared a willingness to defend their running mates in a debate moderated by WPXI’s Katherine Amenta.
Monday, October 8, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh City Council hears opposition to needle exchange program

Pittsburgh City Council hears opposition to needle exchange program

Allegheny County has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic over the past few years, with the continued rates of drug overdoses causing concern for residents and elected officials alike.

Some people believe a way to stave off the long term consequences of intravenous drug use in particular could be through needle exchange programs like Prevention Point, a 20-year-old program that operates in neighborhoods throughout the city.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Wagner opioid plan calls for lawsuit against manufacturers, smarter spending

Wagner opioid plan calls for lawsuit against manufacturers, smarter spending

Occasionally calling out crowd members by name on his home turf, Scott Wagner released his plan to tackle the opioid crisis Wednesday in York.

“I wish there was a switch we could just flip to cut this crisis off,” Wagner said to the crowd of about 200 people. “But the truth to be told is not that simple — there’s no switch to flip.”

Wagner’s plan includes expanding investments into programs with track records of ending addiction, providing more resources to law enforcement to crack down on drug dealers, streamlining regulations for mental health services and revamping the state’s prescription drug monitoring programs.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Knowles to introduce bill stripping state funding from cities with safe injection sites

Knowles to introduce bill stripping state funding from cities with safe injection sites

From reversing the city’s soda tax, to overriding Philadelphia’s sick leave policy and overturning a bulletproof glass ban for the city’s “stop and gos”, the city’s laws have been in the House’s sights.

Now, Philadelphia may get another pre-emption, as Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill) wants to ban all safe injection sites in the commonwealth.

“Being in favor of this treatment is completely crazy,” Knowles said. “You’re going to have someone oversee someone use illegal drugs? It’s against the law. What about the liability of people administering the drugs?”

Monday, September 10, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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